Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of June 10, 2002
Prince George holds Youth Conference
By By J. GLAAB
Special to the WCR
Prince George, B.C.
Youth and youth leaders from across the Prince George Diocese and beyond converged here for the annual Diocesan Youth Conference, May 3-5.
This DYC will be remembered for many things: the snowstorm, Jesse Manibusan's flight having to return to Vancouver Friday evening and the power outage Saturday evening. However, the good faith experience will be remembered the most.
When the skies cleared and Jesse flew into Prince George, he guided our gathering of 280 on a reflection of our life journeys with stories, singing and thought provoking wisdom.
We were renewed in pondering that God is bigger than anything in this world and anything we can do. The immensity of God is one and the same with his immense love for us. God's love is always present in our lives. His love is alive through each of us when we care for each other, respect each other, bring joy to each other's lives.
It is a love that is always ready to embrace us and forgive us. Yes, God is bigger and we are invited to live life to the full in the bigness of God's love.
We need to ask ourselves what does this mean for us? We are called to live acts of compassion. Whether it is for the stranger in our school or a member of our immediate families we are called to be people of compassion.
In being a compassionate people we are to celebrate the differences among us. Whether with First Nations, European, Latin American, African or Asian roots, we each have much to celebrate in who we are.
To celebrate our diversity is to respect the uniqueness of our different cultures. We were also reminded that since the Church is alive, a living community of people, the Church is dynamic and ever-changing. The Gospel message remains the same while as a people we are called to grow in community and be open to the workings of the Holy Spirit.
Bishop Gerry Wiesner led us in prayer at the Eucharist. The Gospel was the post-resurrection passage of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Bishop Gerry said the questions and struggles of the two disciples are not unlike our own.
Our journeys at times can seem like struggles with no hope in sight. However, Christ is always with us. We need to be open to Christ's presence. Christ is a forgiving presence. As Christ forgave Peter, the Apostles and each of us, so we are to forgive. In forgiving others we avail ourselves to the presence of Christ.
As well, the presence of Christ is not just a theological principle, Christ is present through each of us. We are invited to be the arms and hands of Christ. The presence of Christ through us is collectively realized in the Church; a Church that invites and needs young people to bring Christ to the world.